EUROPA DONNA – The European Breast Cancer Coalition

is an independent non-profit organisation whose members are affiliated groups from countries throughout Europe. The Coalition works to raise awareness of breast cancer and to mobilise the support of European women in pressing for improved breast cancer education, appropriate screening, optimal treatment and increased funding for research. EUROPA DONNA represents the interests of European women regarding breast cancer to local and national authorities as well as to institutions of the European Union.

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

Brussels 4 February 2020 – EUROPA DONNA – The European Breast Cancer Coalition Executive Director/CEO Susan Knox attended the event to launch Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium supported by the MEPs Against Cancer Interest Group on February 4, World Cancer Day.  The plan, an ambitious initiative tasked by European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen to Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety and former EUROPA DONNA President, will propose actions at every stage of the disease: prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.  As part of the Plan, the European Commission has launched a public consultation that will be open until 7 May 2020.

For full details about the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan click here

ED Press release

In Memory of Gloria Freilich





In memoriam:  Europa Donna mourns the loss of our Founding President, Gloria Freilich. Gloria was a unique and inspiring woman who made a tremendous contribution to breast cancer advocacy in Europe and to our organisation. Her commitment and dedication to our goals was extraordinary and lasting.  She will be greatly missed by the whole breast cancer community. 


European Breast Cancer Conference – (EBCC – 12)

EBCC -12 will be held in Barcelona, Spain 18-20 March 2020.  For more information click here.

Europa Donna Supports Transforming Breast Cancer Together:European Elections Manifesto 2019

Brussels, 9 April 2019 –The Transforming Breast Cancer Initiative launched a manifesto entitled “European Elections Manifesto 2019: Seizing the Opportunities for Breast Cancer Patients”,which urges incoming Members of the European Parliament and the European Commission to ensure that breast cancer prevention and care are a top priority during their mandate, and that the issue ranks high on both the EU and Member States agendas.  For more information see the press release and full Election Manifiesto.

European Breast Cancer Council manifesto 2018: Genetic risk prediction testing in breast cancer

The European Breast Cancer Council manifesto 2018: Genetic risk prediction testing in breast cancer that emanated from EBCC-11 has now been published in the European Journal of Cancer 106 (2019) 45-53. ED Deputy CEO, Karen Benn represented ED on the Manifesto Committee and is a co-author.

European Commission Initiative On Breast Cancer – ECIBC Joint Research Centre (JRC)

EUROPA DONNA has been advocating for the development of an accreditation scheme for breast cancer services as well as a new edition of the European Guidelines for quality assurance in breast cancer screening and diagnosis. This European Union project is now under way and is being managed by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre; it is called ECIBC (European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer) and is overseen by DG Sante. ED’s Executive Director Susan Knox takes part in the Guidelines Development Group and Deputy CEO/Head of Public Affairs Karen Benn takes part in the Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group. ED is a stakeholder and will continue to be invited to make presentations and to participate in other meetings regarding the development of this project, which began in September 2015.

Written Declaration On the Fight Against Breast Cancer in the EU (0017/2015) Adopted

On 22 July 2015, the European Parliament adopted the written declaration “On the Fight Against Breast Cancer in the EU” (0017/2015), which calls for the implementation of measures across Europe to fight this disease, the leading cause of death in European women aged 35 to 59. A majority of MEPs signed the declaration, which was co-authored by 10 Members of European Parliament and backed by EUROPA DONNA – The European Breast Cancer Coalition. See here for more details.